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Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Heading off to trek

Rishi Bhandari, Instructor

Team Bhutan have said goodbye to the homestay family in Domkhar and are on the way to their 3 day trek in the hills of Bhumthang. We will update you more but for now everyone’s doing well and excited to be moving....Read More

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Bhudda Point

Elisa Haupt, Participant

I dropped to the ground before him; out of exhaustion, joy, and purely because sight brought me to my knees I felt my lungs catch up with my body pull in push out I moved my head and squinted my eyes to face the golden body before me I met his eyes......Read More

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Silence

Brooke, Participant

The concept of “awkward silence” does not exist in Bhutan. I realize this as I walk with my new 16-year-old sister Tashi to bring tea to our family who is working in the field. The walk takes about thirty minutes, during which my thoughts are......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Spooky night?

Margaux, Participant

Last night was a peculiar night, to say the least. After spending the day out in the sun learning the local traditional way to build houses, Brooke and I were exhausted and when we finally got back to the hotel and ate dinner, we went straight to......Read More

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A Wing and Self Love

Elisa Haupt, Participant

To the wing: I know it’s a bit silly that I’m writing you like this, but I guess it’s a bit comforting as well. I think I have more faith in your wing than I have faith in a lot of things at the moment. And I don’t think......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Dear Fresh Tomatoes, Rice, and Beans

Valentina, Participant

During our morning check-in after spending the night in Phobgika we were asked to answer the following question, “If you could bring anything or anyone to this moment right now, who/what would it be?” Without any hesitation, desculpa mae (sorry......Read More

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An Ode to Life and Death

Grace Ruppel, Participant

In the US, death is hidden since birth. Locked away in the closet, never to be seen or talked about until it is required. Viewed as the worst part of life, scariest, the most damaging, the end. When life ends it is private, somber and brief. Soon to......Read More

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Far from Funereal

Poppy Tans, Participant

My homestay sister assured me that the procession would wind all through the town before arriving at our house. When the hoots and hollers became louder than the lovelorn shouts of Ryan Gosling as The Notebook played in the common area, I asked if......Read More

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Exercise for the Body and Mind

Rachel Horne, Participant

Dorje, my eight-year-old homestay brother, bounces his basketball in a steady rhythm on the concrete porch outside our house.  With each bounce, he recites one syllable of the Tibetan Buddhist prayer: “om. mani. padme. hum.”  I watch in......Read More

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Kurjey Tsechu

Jack Greene, Participant

Above are photos from a yearly festival that happens in this region in July. The festival is hosted by the Kurjey monastery in Bumthang. The photos are of two monks as they go to do a masked dance that is believed to ward off evil....Read More

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Settled in the homestays

Rishi Bhandari, Instructor

The group is in the third day of their homestay here in the beautiful village of Domkhar in Bhumtang. The students are starting to settle in the rhythm of the life of this village and are starting to make connections with their homestay families. We......Read More

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Dragons Unitegma

Margaux, Participant

The first week of this program seemed too good to be true. We had met each other four days before, but it felt like we’d known each other for years. Over time, however, the group started to separate and cliques were formed. Tension got to the......Read More

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Some photos from Bumthang Tse Tshu

Rishi Bhandari, Instructor

Our group attended the iconic Tse Tschu celebration here in Bumthang. Tse Tschu is an annual celebration held in different parts of Bhutan at different times of the year. This celebration worships Guru Rinpoche as the one of the most important......Read More

Bhutan: Happiness in the Himalayas

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Road-trips, Lifetimes, and FOMO

Poppy Tans, Participant

I would never have expected a road trip to present itself as a metaphor for life. Incredibly, the cliff-side journey from Thimphu to Bumthang nudged me toward the precipice of existence and, hesitantly, I peered over the edge. As we hurdled blindly......Read More

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The First Time I used my City Hands

Valentina, Participant

Building houses using mud is an ancient tradition that belongs to many different cultures around the world. The mud is ideal for the many variations of weather during the year, especially in a country like Bhutan. In summer where the Himalayan sun......Read More